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Job Description

Essential Functions:

  • Lead instrument strategy development, lead design and development of complex automated systems that might contain optical, fluidic, electronic, and mechanical interfaces and subsystems.
  • Mentors individual team members and effectively manages group activities.
  • Provides leadership and career development guidance.
  • Lead multidisciplinary teams in complex system development, coordinate with V&V and transfer to manufacturing.
  • Select and manage OEM design houses and their deliverables in complex systems programs.
  • Conceive of and design flexible modular system architectures that support a multi-generational product platform, and are manufacturable and commercially robust
  • Lead the design, fabrication, integration, and functional testing of prototype subsystems
  • Plan, manage, and execute assigned development-related projects utilizing established best practices and/or innovative procedures, applying engineering and scientific knowledge and accumulated experience to complete projects.
  • Analyze data, evaluate results, form conclusions, and provide and/or implement product, process, or document improvements.
  • Ensure activities are consistent with project critical path and respond appropriately to changing priorities. Manage activities and assigned projects to reach agreed objectives.
  • Present findings at group or departmental meetings as required.
  • Communicate project goals and timelines and their updates to cross functional business teams.
  • Work across the product development life-cycle from research phase breadboards, through functional prototypes, and into production equipment.

Nature and Scope:

Position exercises judgment within broadly defined practices and policies in selecting methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results. Performs duties independently with only general direction given. Job encounters recurring work situations with frequent variations from the norm, involving a high degree of complexity. Works on complex problems of moderate scope where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of various factors. Accuracy is required in performing all functions of this position. Some domestic and international travel required.


B.S. in Mechanical, Electrical, or Systems Engineering or equivalent (M.S. preferred)


  • 8+ years of relevant commercial experience developing complex instrumentation systems
  • Must have at least 3-5 years of previous management experience having a team of 5+ direct reports
  • Prior experience in developing and commercializing new products
  • Demonstrated ability to manage external vendors, research collaborations, and contract manufacturers
  • Life science or biotechnology experience is preferred
  • Working knowledge of molecular biology, chemistry, and/or biology preferred.
  • Understanding of instrumentation development processes and methodologies across multiple disciplines and subject matters is preferred.
  • Advanced technical writing skills to produce reports and documents
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and within a matrixed, team environment.

Key knowledge includes:

  • Optical imaging, precision motion control, fluidics, and automation systems.
  • SolidWorks.
  • Materials and rapid prototyping techniques.
  • Low volume and high volume fabrication techniques including injection molding.
  • Instrumentation development processes and methodologies across multiple disciplines and subject matters.
  • Best practices for integrating diverse new technologies into commercial products.
  • Understanding of FDA regulated system development/design control is a plus.
  • Working knowledge of molecular biology, chemistry, and/or biology preferred.

Key skills/abilities include:

  • Must have excellent communication skills and the ability to collaborate across many cultures.
  • Ability to manager his/her own work independently and to manage the technical work of cross-functional teams is required.
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to work independently required.
  • Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to efficiently evaluate, prioritize and handle multiple and changing projects and priorities.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to interpret and summarize scientific results in a clear, concise, accurate manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to formulate and solve problems.
  • Proven ability to lead and provide work direction required.

Will need to flourish in a highly collaborative, multi-disciplinary team environment.

Thermo Fisher Scientific is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.
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